Thu, October 8, 2015

INTL In 60 Seconds

  • Remembering Howard J. Wiarda

    Howard John Wiarda, 1939-2015

    Howard J. Wiarda, the Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and formerly the Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies at U-Mass died on September 12, 2015, just 2 months shy of his 76th birthday. 

    After an illustrious career at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst (where he still holds the unbroken record of becoming the youngest Full Professor at age 33 in the Department of Political Science), Professor Wiarda became the Founding Head in 2003 of the newly created Department of International Affairs, one of three Departments of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

    He is survived by his wife Dr. Iêda Siqueira Wiarda, herself a professional political scientist who taught at U-Mass and who also held the positions of Research Specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and taught at the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia; and three children and five grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He also leaves many close friends and former students in Amherst, Athens, Cambridge, Washington, and elsewhere who will miss him greatly as will his colleagues at the University of Georgia. To read more about Dr. Wiarda, click here.

  • We Are SPIA

    2014 was an exciting year for the School of Public and International Affairs. Our departments and faculty continue to win top honors for their powerful teaching and productive research. From recieving the university's highest recognition for superior instruction to presenting research on security policy with the United States Strategic Command, our school never ceases to amaze. For a review of the year, please click here and consider supporting your alma mater this holiday season!

  • Crepaz named CTL Teaching Fellow

    Dr. Markus Crepaz has been selected as one of eight Senior Teaching Fellows by The University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching & Learning.  The fellowship allows senior faculty to focus on undergraduate instruction by providing opportunities to exchange innovative ideas with other teaching fellows, and to strengthen and enhance their own teaching and that of the faculty in their home departments.  Only associate and full professors who have been at UGA for five or more years are eligible for this fellowship.

    The CTL Senior Teaching Fellows Program was originally established at the University of Georgia in 1987 through a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). In 1990, the program was continued with full support from the University of Georgia.

  • An insider's account

    Loch K. Johnson's book, American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of World Leadership: Power, Principle, and the Constitution, sets the stage for the ongoing debate about how the U.S. ought to conduct itself as a world power.

Student News

Justwan Joins University of Idaho Faculty

Jun 2015 The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. Florian Justwan will be an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Idaho. The University of Idaho is consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges by The Princeton Review, and rated as a good value for academic strength and affordability by Kiplinger's and Newsweek. The University of Idaho is also home to the McClure Center for Public Policy Research. Florian's teaching and research focuses on the effects of generalized social trust on international and domestic politics. At Idaho, he plans to continue to teach courses that introduce the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics, as well as a course on the Politics of Development. He has already published three peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and a trade book about U.S. foreign policy with Cuba. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see:

Faculty News

International Affairs faculty earn research awards, fellowships

May 2015 Four International Affairs faculty members were recently announced as recipients of research grants, awards, and fellowships. Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit was named the recipient of a 2015 Sarah H. Moss Fellowship. Administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and funded by Mrs. Moss’ estate, this fellowship provides funds for research and travel at institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Ben Shitrit will be continuing her research on the Middle East this summer. Dr. Andy Owsiak is part of a research team that was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the initiative “seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world.” The results of the resulting research will better able policy makers address global issues today and in the future. Dr. Cas Mudde has received the very prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, named after a German Mathematician and Astronomer and is bestowed on the basis of "outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching". Awardees come from all areas of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences and are nominated by German scholars. Dr. Mudde will spend the next three summers conducting research in Berlin with German scholars. Dr. Shane Singh was named the recipient of the 2015 SPIA Research Award. Presented by the school, this competitive award recognizes excellence in research amongst the SPIA faculty and is only given to a single recipient annually. Congratulations to all of our award-winning faculty!

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Up Close

  • Zimmermann, Laura

    Assistant Professor

    Laura Zimmermann is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs and the Department of Economics at the University of Georgia. Her research interests are in the areas of economic development and political economy with a focus on South Asia. Prior to joining the faculty at SPIA...

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    Ben Shitrit, Lihi

    Assistant Professor

    Johnson, Loch K.

    Regents Professor

    Loch Kingsford Johnson is the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, as well as a Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of over 200 articles and essays; and the author or editor of thirty books on U.S. national security....

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  • Berejikian, Jeffrey D.

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Jeffrey D. Berejikian is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia, and Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs. Dr. Berejikian earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and held a previous appointment with the University of...

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    Mudde, Cas

    Associate Professor

    Cas Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before moving to the US in 2008, to join his wife, he held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the...

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    Crepaz, Markus M. L.

    Department Head

    Dr. Crepaz received his Ph.D. in political science in 1992 from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the effects of formal political institutions on policy outcomes, the effect of immigration on the European welfare state project and identity of Europeans, the...

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  • Park, Han S.


    Throughout his life, Han Park has endeavored to find new ways to use his talents and abilities to serve humankind....

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    Singh, Shane P.

    Associate Professor

    Shane Singh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2009 under the supervision of William G. Jacoby. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University and the Canada...

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    Maney Purser, Carolin

    Major: International Relations

    Carolin in a Ph.D. student majoring in international relations and minoring in methodology....

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  • McKibben, Caitlin

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Mintz, Logan

    Major: International Relations

    I am pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with an international relations major, and a methods minor. My research focuses on security studies, non-proliferation, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union....

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INTL Calendar
Oct 16

Practice Job Talk with Karen Bodnaruk Jazayeri

Oct 28


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Candler Hall

Oct 29

Graduate Students Workshop by Krista E. Wiegand, University of Tennessee

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Candler Hall, Room 214

Oct 30

Research Presentation by Krista E. Wiegand, University of Tennessee

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Candler Hall, Room 214

Nov 13

MPA Information Session

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Candler Hall, Room 115

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement

Apr 29

SPIA Networking Night